[verb lev-i-geyt; adjective lev-i-git, -geyt]
- to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder, as in a mortar, with or without the addition of a liquid.
- Chemistry. to make a homogeneous mixture of, as gels.
- Botany. having a smooth, glossy surface; glabrous.
Origin of levigate
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Examples from the Web for levigation
Fineness of texture is produced by extreme grinding and levigation.Field's Chromatography
There is no reason for believing that the finer processes of powdering and levigation were known.Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley
William H. Holmes
Levigation is resorted to in the preparation of paints on the small scale, and in the elutriation of powders.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The levigation of kaolin and making of porcelain have already been touched upon incidentally.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
- (tr) to grind into a fine powder or a smooth paste
- to form or cause to form a homogeneous mixture, as in the production of gels
- (tr) to suspend (fine particles) by grinding in a liquid, esp as a method of separating fine from coarse particles
- botany having a smooth polished surface; glabrous
C17: from Latin lēvigāre, from lēvis smooth
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